Types of Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary action includes, but is not limited to:

Disciplinary Warning
Issued to students to indicate that their behavior is in violation of Institute regulations and that repetition may bring more serious consequences.

Disciplinary Probation
A formal warning period which indicates to a student that further policy violations may result in more serious consequences including suspension or expulsion.

Removal from Residence Facilities
The student’s room rental agreement is void and he or she is required to vacate Rensselaer residence facilities permanently or for a specified period of time.

Disciplinary Suspension
The student is separated from Rensselaer for a specific minimum period of time and is required to leave the Institute. Return to campus, by a student on disciplinary suspension, may occur only with prior notification and approval of the Dean of Students Office. The student may apply for readmission at the end of the specified suspension time. Readmission is at the sole and absolute discretion of Rensselaer and a student may be required to fulfill specific conditions prior to and following readmission.

Expulsion
The student is permanently separated from the Institute without opportunity for readmission at any time. The student is required to leave the Institute within the time determined and cannot be in or on Institute property without the prior notification and approval of the Dean of Students Office.

Fines
Separate from reimbursement or restitution, monetary fines may also be levied.

Alternative Action
Alternative action may be required as part of a penalty and includes, but is not limited to: educational programming and training, counseling, assessment, restriction or loss of privileges, restitution, apology, and community service. This service will be unpaid and benefit a charitable or non-profit organization including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Group Disciplinary Action
Institute-recognized, sponsored, or sanctioned student groups are subject to the same disciplinary action as individual students and may also have the following or other penalties applied: limitation of social and other organization privileges or programs; alternative action, removal, or limitation of funding; and suspension or expulsion. If membership within the group is an element in the violations of the Grounds for Disciplinary Action, the penalty may also include a limitation on membership.

Group Suspension
The suspension of a student organization denotes the revocation of Institute recognition for a designated period of time and includes, but is not limited to: the loss of Institute recognition and all privileges thereof, including exclusion from all Institute programs and services, student government, funding, advertising the organization and/or displaying the organization name or house letters; the inability to participate in or sponsor any activities as an organization, to participate in recruitment and pledging activities; or for organization members to hold positions related to their membership in the suspended organization (i.e. IFC or Panhellenic positions, applicable student government or judicial board positions). These conditions are in effect for the duration of the suspension. Any organization, which violates its sanctions and/or conditions of suspension, is subject to the permanent loss of Institute recognition.

Group Expulsion
The expulsion of a student organization denotes the permanent revocation of Institute recognition and all privileges thereof, without the opportunity for reinstatement at any time. An organization that is expelled is permanently excluded from all Institute programs and services including, but not limited to: student government, funding, advertising the organization and/or displaying the organization name or house letters; the inability to participate in or sponsor any activities as an organization, to participate in recruitment and pledging activities; or for organization members to hold positions related to their membership in the suspended organization (i.e., IFC or Panhellenic positions, applicable student government or judicial board positions).


INSTITUTE-RECOGNIZED STUDENT GROUPS AND ALCOHOL
As stated in the Institute Regulations on Alcohol section in this handbook, any Rensselaer recognized student organization found to have served alcohol to an underage individual at any event (on- or off-campus) will, at minimum, be subject to a mandatory two-semester suspension. In addition, all organization alcohol privileges are subject to revocation while a group is under investigation and for the duration of the disciplinary process. At the end of the designated suspension period, an organization can be reinstated if all conditions have been met. Conditions for reinstatement include a probationary period for a minimum of one semester following a suspension, but are not limited to, educational programming/training, restrictions on alcohol, and hiring a Rensselaer approved adviser to live in residence.

RECORD OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION
Apart from the actual sanction, the length of time a disciplinary action will remain as part of a student’s file will be determined by the element of the Judicial System hearing the matter. Effective August 23, 2004 and thereafter, any student enrolled at Rensselaer who is suspended or expelled for violation of the grounds for disciplinary action as stated in the href="http://www.rpi.edu/dept/doso/resources/main/2014-2016StudentHandbookrevOctober2015.pdf"> The Rensselaer Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities will have such action noted on the student’s official Rensselaer transcript and include the effective date of the action. In either case, suspension or expulsion, the notation shall remain permanently on the student’s transcript.

NOTIFICATION
Upon final disposition of a case, the Dean of Students Office has the option, but not the obligation, to submit an anonymous description of the disciplinary situation, with penalties assigned, to the Polytechnic for publication.

TEMPORARY ACTIONS
Records Hold
Pending resolution of a disciplinary matter, at the discretion of the Dean of Students Office, a student’s records, grades, transcript, registration, or awarding of a degree may be withheld. This action may also occur if a period of probation or suspension is imposed or if a student fails to comply with the sanctions imposed.
Suspension of the Judicial Process
Rensselaer reserves the right to suspend the Institute judicial process during breaks, recesses, and the months between the spring and fall semesters, when boards are not in session. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, alleged policy violations that occur toward the end of each semester may not be heard until the following semester is in session.

Last modified: Sep 21, 2016